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|We'll be starting off the term with something a bit unusual- a trip to North Wales! The idea is to visit Croesor-Rhosydd on the Saturday and go to Bounce Below on the Sunday. Croesor-Rhosydd is a slate mine with some interesting features like a zipline, a bridge made of ladders, and an abseil into a canoe! Bounce Below is an underground trampoline park in another slate mine, it's good fun. Warning: the tickets for Bounce Below cost £25 so we won't be able to cover that as part of the £40 weekend cost, but there are plenty of other slate mines and walks in the area for those who want to come on the weekend but give Bounce Below a miss. Bounce Below sessions are one hour long so it may be possible to have a short mine visit or walk after bouncing too.
|For our main Wales trip, we'll stay at one of
our favourites- SWCC, right above Ogof Fynnon Ddu. It's also in walking
distance of Pant Mawr, and I'll try and get us a Dan-yr-Ogof permit too.
Dan-yr-Ogof is a lot of fun but very wet- if you've got a wetsuit, bring
it with you, but don't be too disappointed if the DYO trip gets
cancelled due to high water levels, that happens quite often. The Wales
weekend would be a good choice if you've not been caving before, there
are some great beginner trips in OFD as well as some more advanced ones.
I know we talked about Saturday Aggy trips, but there wasn't a great deal of enthusiasm and Whitewalls is booked up for most of the term anyway, so lets just have some fun at SWCC.
|We're a bit overdue a visit to the Peak District, so lets go there in week 5. The Peak District has a lot of fun SRT trips but also some good beginner trips e.g. Peak Cavern and Giant's Hole. I'll make sure to get a permit for Peak Cavern this time, as soon as the hut booking is confirmed. Oxlow comes to mind for beginner friendly SRT, plus a few of the mines have an engine shaft with pretty straightforward SRT. The TSG is an excellent hut, and it's in Castleton which is a lovely village with six pubs, so this could be a nice weekend for all ability levels.
|Weekend 4th-6th March: Yorkshire (Northern Dales) , staying at BPC
As for caves, I'm thinking of getting permits for Bar Pot/ Flood Entrance since we'll be a bit further East than we stay at Bull Pot Farm, and by March we'll have a decent chance of seeing the Gaping Gill main chamber in daylight. Let me know if you have a permit request though, there's loads of choice. There's also quite a few caves that don't require permits, including Marble Steps.
BEC: Bristol Exploration Club; BPC: Bradford Pothole Club; BPF: Bull Pot Farm;
LCCC: Lancashire Caving & Climbing Club; MCG: Mendip Caving Group;
NPC: Northern Pennine Club; Orpheus: Orpheus Caving Club; SMCC: Shepton Mallet Caving Club;
SWCC: South Wales Caving Club; TSG: Technical Speleo Group; UBSS: University of Bristol Speleological Society;
WCC: Wessex Caving Club; Whitewalls: Chelsea Speleological Society; WSG: Westminster Speleo Group;
Yorkshire Dales Guides: (Hornby Laithe Bunkbarn); YSS: Yorkshire Subterranean Society.